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Tyler County Booster - Obituaries

Copyright 2011 - Polk County Publishing Company


Collum
Brooks Robert Collum, 75, of Woodville passed away May 31, 2011 at the Tyler County Hospital. Services are pending at news time at Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Getzie
Joy Dell Stout Getzie, 72, of Liberty passed away May 26, 2011 at her residence in Liberty, Texas Born June 24, 1938 in Omaha, Texas to Ernest S. and Mary Louise Thigpen Stout, she lived in Wo o d - v i l l e b e f o r e mo ving to Liberty several years ago. S h e wo r k e d as a waitress for many years where she enjoyed meeting and getting to know the many people whose paths she crossed. She also worked in the home health industry. She was a loving mother, sister, grandmother and friend to all who knew and loved her. Joy was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Billy Joe Stout, Morris “Lucky” Stout and Ernest “Sonny” Stout. She is survived by her loving children, Rhonda Hall Flock of Baytown, Curtis D. Hall and wife, Martha of Port Neches, Tamela K. Harris and husband, Lanam of Baytown and Darinda Ellender of Liberty; siblings, Charles Stout and wife, Dorothy of Pittsburg, Tx, Shirley Hilton of Port Neches, Loretta Vieregge and husband, Lewis of Malakoff, Tx, Jerry Stout and wife, Linda of Hudson, Billy Stout and wife, Linda of Hudson; grandchildren, Kahna Satterwhite, Kara Smith, Chelsey Frazier, Jenna Brown and husband, Nathan, Menda Fingleman, Daniel Harris, Heather Slagle and husband, Matt, Ashley Hall and Chris Kirkland; great grandchildren, Logan, Dylan, Zoe, Kami, Abby, Kylie, Lucas, Nathan, Haylee, Hunter and Caden; special care giver, Windy Adams and a host of other family members and friends. Funeral service was held Saturday, May 28, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Frank Hodges officiating. Burial followed at the Shady Grove Cemetery near Woodville. Visitation was held Saturday from 12 noon until the time of the service. Serving as pallbearers were family. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Williford
James Thomas “Tommy” Williford, Jr. went on to the Lord on May 24, 2011 at the Tyler C o u n t y Hospital in Woodville, Tx. H e was born in Kountze, Texas to James and Lou Williford. Tommy was a 23 year resident of Woodville and chose Woodville to raise his three boys. Before becoming disabled, he worked at the Sinclair Children’s Home as a maintenance supervisor. He was a very giving and kind soul. Tommy is survived by his loving wife, Shana Williford; sons, Jacob Williford of Woodville, Matthew Williford and wife, Jennie of Woodville and David Williford of Woodville; siblings, Linda and Timothy Flebbe of Warren, Brenda Locke of Silsbee, Marilyn Whittle of Kountze and Michael and Martha Williford of Kountze; many nieces and nephews who he loved very much. A memorial celebration of his life will be held June 18, 2011 at 3 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel. Services are held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Brown
Emily M (Rankin) Brown, age 97 of Warren, Ohio passed away February 8, 2011 in Edina, Minnesota. She was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on August 10, 1913 and graduated from South Boston High School. She was head of Office Services at Graybar Electric Co. in Boston when she married James D. Brown, Jr. of Woodville, Texas in August 1944. He served as Lieutenant in the U. S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II. After the war they lived in Connecticut and in Houston, San Antonio and Dallas before moving to Warren, Ohio in 1964 where she was co-founder of Dig ‘N’ Delve Garden Club. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1986, brother Frank Rankin, and sister-in-law Mary Elizabeth Sandlin. She is survived by daughter Barbara Laura Turner and husband Harvey of Edina, MN; three grand-children, James D. Turner and wife Donna, Amy Hess and husband Cory, and Robert C. Turner and wife Kristin; two great-grandchildren, Andrew Turner and John Hess; nieces from Boston Deane Sills and husband Leonard of St. Simons Island, GA and Pamela Rankin of Newburyport, MA; and nieces from Texas Carole Sandlin of San Antonio and Suzanne Sandlin Gay of Houston and nephew Dr. Marlin E. Sandlin, Jr. of Houston. Graveside service will be Saturday, June 4th at 11AM at Magnolia Cemetery, officiated by Reverend Michael Strother of Our Lady of the Pines. Friends of the Brown and Sandlin families are welcome to visit at 10AM at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home or at the cemetery.

Brown
Emily M (Rankin) Brown, age 97 of Warren, Ohio passed away February 8, 2011 in Edina, Minnesota. She was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on August 10, 1913 and graduated from South Boston High School. She was head of Office Services at Graybar Electric Co. in Boston when she married James D. Brown, Jr. of Woodville, Texas in August 1944. He served as Lieutenant in the U. S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II. After the war they lived in Connecticut and in Houston, San Antonio and Dallas before moving to Warren, Ohio in 1964 where she was co-founder of Dig ‘N’ Delve Garden Club. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1986, brother Frank Rankin, and sister-in-law Mary Elizabeth Sandlin. She is survived by daughter Barbara Laura Turner and husband Harvey of Edina, MN; three grand-children, James D. Turner and wife Donna, Amy Hess and husband Cory, and Robert C. Turner and wife Kristin; two great-grandchildren, Andrew Turner and John Hess; nieces from Boston Deane Sills and husband Leonard of St. Simons Island, GA and Pamela Rankin of Newburyport, MA; and nieces from Texas Carole Sandlin of San Antonio and Suzanne Sandlin Gay of Houston and nephew Dr. Marlin E. Sandlin, Jr. of Houston. Graveside service will be Saturday, June 4th at 11AM at Magnolia Cemetery, officiated by Reverend Michael Strother of Our Lady of the Pines. Friends of the Brown and Sandlin families are welcome to visit at 10AM at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home or at the cemetery.

Brown
Lonnie Pervis Brown, 73, of Zavalla, passed away, Thursday, May 26, 2011 at his residence. Gr a v e - s i d e s e r v i c e s w e r e held Satu r d a y , May 28th a t 3 : 0 0 p.m. a t Gregor y Cemetery near Colmesneil. Officiating were Brother Johnny George McKee and Brother Ben Gibbs. Visitation was held on Friday, May 27th from 5:00 - 8:00p.m. at the funeral home. Pervis was born July 29, 1937 to Jefferson Davis & Lavell Cowart Brown in Holly Fork, Texas. He was a lifelong resident of Tyler County and was a retired crane operator. He was a U.S. Army veteran and member of Rocky Springs Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Janice Brown of Zavalla; daughters, Lonnette Martin & husband, Robert of Zavalla and Donna Jackson of Zavalla; step daughters, Sondra Wilson & husband, Mike of Woodville and Linda Daniel & husband, Howard of Lufkin; step son, Alan Kitchens of Zavalla; brother, Gary Brown & wife, Renee of Colmesneil; sisters, Linda Ison & husband, Danny of Rocky Springs and Janie James & husband, Robert of Woodville; ten grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Kraus
Charles Reagan “Butch” Kraus was born June 2, 1936 in Woodville, Texas to Herbert and Dixie Kraus. He passed away on May 24, 2011. B u t c h loved the community of Chester and Tyler County and resided there most of his life. He worked in various fields over the years to include logging and law enforcement, but was a heavy equipment operator by trade. He was employed by Tyler County Precinct 2 Road and Bridge at the time of his death and thoroughly enjoyed his work and the relationships and friends that he gained while working there. He was employed with Tyler County in one capacity or another for over 26 years. Butch was a member and Past Worshipful Master of the Chester Masonic Lodge 121. He earned his 32nd degree as a Scottish Rite in Houston, Texas. He was an honorary member of the Chester FFA and worked actively in the community to support youth and local organizations. He loved to cook, garden, hunt, fish, shoot the breeze, and baseball. He especially loved using or combining any of these loves to help a friend or his community. Throughout the years he gave of his time and resources to cook for FFA Wild Game Suppers and fire department barbeques, fundraise for the band and athletic booster clubs, host softball tournaments, coach little league and softball teams, and help build Hennigan Park and the Chester ball fields, just to name a few of his projects and affiliations. He loved his family, his home and the simple pleasures of country living. Playing with the grandkids, fresh vegetables from the garden, sipping coffee and telling tall tales at Havis Feed, a pair of worn out overalls, digging a pond or blading a road, processing a hog or making sausage with the boys…these are just a few of the things that brought him joy. His faith in God and a life everlasting brought him peace. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Rachael Woodrome, Lyndal Whitt, Frankie Daughtery, Bernice Starks, and Ann Wages; brothers Dudley and Bill Kraus; and son Frank Kraus. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Doris Jean Kraus of Chester; daughters Deborah Jean Ogden of Chester, Mandy Kay Risinger and husband John David of Woodville; and Sandra Gayle Burris and husband Ryan of Corrigan; grandchildren, Tyler Ogden of Chester, Katy and Carrie Burris of Corrigan and Rachel, Kelsi and Jake Risinger of Woodville; life-long best friend Jerrell “Punk” Whitworth of Chester and a host of other family and friends. Officiate - Bro. Steve Hayes, Ph.D. Internment – Mt. Hope Cemetery, Chester, Texas Pallbearers – Tyler Ogden, Marty Thompson, Robert Moore, Larry Blackerby, Mack Rose, Lynn Rose, Dan Rose and Josh David Honorary Pallbearers – Punk Whitworth, Rusty Hughes, Butch Jeannie Johnson, Katy Burris, Carrie Burris, Rachel Risinger, Kelsi Risinger and Jake Risinger Special Music – If Tomorrow Never Comes by Garth Brooks, Precious Lord Take Me Home by Hank Williams, Angel Band by the Stanley Brothers

Lovell
Ayden James Lovell, 3 month old infant of Ashley Renee L o v e l l went to play at the feet of Jesus on May 26, 2011. Ay d e n was born February 18, 2011 in Lufkin, Texas. Ayden is survived by his loving mother, Ashley Renee Lovell of Warren; grandparents, Billy and Lisa Harris of Warren, Joseph Lovell of Silsbee; great grandparents, Beatrice Knight of Warren, Jerry and Val Taylor of Lufkin; uncles, Troy Harris, Austin Lovell, Mason Harris and Brandon Harris all of Warren: aunt, Laura Harris of Vidor; great, great, great aunt, Joyce Renfro of Kilgore; Godmother, Tori Rocio; numerous other aunts, uncles, family members and friends. Funeral service was held Monday, May 30, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home chapel with Brother Wayne Watts officiating. Burial followed at Franks Branch Cemetery in Fred. Visitation was held Sunday evening at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers were family members. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

 

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